The new survey of Massachusetts from Public Policy Polling (D) shows President Obama continuing to lead various possible Republican challengers in this deep-blue state –Â including former Gov. Mitt Romney, who comes the closest to Obama but still trails by a significant margin.
Obama leads Newt Gingrich by 57%-33%; Mike Huckabee by 57%-33%; and extends his lead to 61%-32% against Sarah Palin. Against Romney, who was governor of the state from 2003-2007 — and did not seek re-election in 2006 in order to run for president in the 2008 cycle — Obama leads by 52%-43%.
Obama’s approval rating in Massachusetts is 55%, with disapproval at 40%. By contrast, Romney’s personal favorable rating is only 40%, with 51% viewing him unfavorably. It should be kept in mind that, in his 2008 run, Romney often courted conservative audiences by contrasting his positions with “the most liberal state in the country” (as it was called in one ad) where he’d been governor.